Winners in 2018 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
Zachary Loeb, a CECE undergraduate won the Judges Choice Award for the Engineering, Optics, Photonics, and Computer Science category. Zachary presented a modified and improved version of his IDEAS project (originally developed with another 2 CECE students: Shadi Tamimi and Caleb Enot) The title is Force-Vector Analysis and Statics Mechanical Testing on a Working Hydrokinetic Sustainable Unidirectional Tidal Generator Prototype. His mentor is Dr. Ricardo Zaurin (Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering)
Environmental Engineering Undergraduate student, Kelsey Rodriguez was selected for the Judge’s Choice Winner in 2018 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). The SURE is a poster forum for UCF undergraduates to present their research and creative projects to the broader university community (https://www.showcase.ucf.edu/). Her presentation was entitled “A novel biopolymer-modified carbon sensor for simple and rapid detection of lead in tap water”. Congratulations on her accomplishment!
Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee, P.E. was her research mentor and Kelsey’s research was supported by Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) as “Geo-Advanced Innovative Action” Program (Project No. 2016000540003).
Analiese Majetich, a CECE undergraduate won the Judges Choice Award with $500 for the Engineering, Optics, Photonics, and Computer Science category. The research poster is entitled “Damage Detection Through Dynamic Characterization of Plane Structures.” Analiese presented how frequency and mode shapes can be obtained experimentally and how changes in these dynamic properties are indicators for structural damage. In this work, she both utilized experimental and analytical work. Analiese is a member of the Civil Infrastructure Technologies for Resilience and Safety (CITRS) group (www.cece.ucf.edu/CITRS/) and her mentor is Prof. Necati Catbas, Director of CITRS.”